Robber baron or captain of industry?

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For review, list characteristics you associate with robber barons and captains of industry based on our discussions from last week. Also refer to these links first:

  1. A Robber Baron is someone who:

  1. A Captain of Industry is someone who:

Select one person from the 19th Century and one from the 21st Century:

19th Century: Cornealius Vanderbilt, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Leland Stanford, James B. Duke, Henry Clay Frick, Milton Hershey, Gustavas Swift, Henry Ford, Jay Gould, Jay Cooke
21st Century: Sam Walton, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Rupert Murdoch, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Ray Kroc, William Weldon, A.G. Lafley

My 19th Century person is ________________________________________________

He/she made their fortune in ____________________________________________

My 21st Century person is ________________________________________________

He/she made their fortune in ____________________________________________

Research Question:


What events in his early life shaped his attitudes later?

How did he/she acquire his wealth?

What business strategies and management practices did he/she incorporate?

How did he/she treat their workers/employers?

How did he/she engage with their competition?

Would you say your person was a captain of industry or robber baron? Explain.

Did your person give away money to charities? Expand on this.

For your research, begin with ABC-CLIO database.

This can be accessed on the North Library webpage.

Go to American History database

Go to research list

Click on Captains of Industry/Robber Barons list
login: lions

password: lions

You can research additional websites for this assignment to research modern day capitalists.

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